Kid Genealogists: Inspiring the Next Generation
Originally presented at RootsTech 2017
Saturday, February 11, 3pm
Session number: RT8918 RootsTech Track
Hi, Nicole here. I’m teaming up with Melissa Finlay of Finlayfamily.org and Emily Schroeder of Growing Little Leaves to speak at RootsTech on Saturday, February 11, 2017. We are looking forward to sharing our ideas about teaching family history to children. You can download our syllabus here: Kid Genealogists – Inspiring the Next Generation Syllabus RootsTech 2017. In addition to this four page syllabus, we have compiled a list of bonus material and links here at our class webpage.
Engaging Children in Learning Family History
To truly inspire the younger generation of genealogists, it’s crucial to keep them engaged. According to education experts, student engagement occurs when children are behaviorally, emotionally, and cognitively involved in learning. Making the learning meaningful is especially important. When introducing a new concept, we can make it meaningful by relating the new concept to a child’s current knowledge, interests, and experiences.
To read more about strategies for student engagement, check out these articles:
To make family history meaningful, we can incorporate it into pastimes that children already enjoy. Children love stories, projects and activities, and playing. We’ll share several ideas for teaching children family history in these three categories.
Creating Kid-Friendly Ancestor Storybooks
Using Heirlooms to Teach Family History and Traditions
Multimedia Family History Storytelling
Family Photo Coloring Pages
Creating Family Photo Coloring Pages with BeFunky – including their free mobile app
Family History Coloring Books with ReallyColor – purchase coloring pages and coloring books
Ancestor Coloring Page – using Picasa to create your own coloring pages
Celebrating Irish Heritage on St. Patrick’s Day – I didn’t have any photos of my Irish ancestors so I used StoryboardThat.com to make coloring pages with their historical characters and clipart
Making History Personal by Incorporating Family History
Role Play and Pretend Play
Little Family Tree App
Family Map Game
Teaching Family History with the Family Map Game – how to create a family map game
Where In The World? Family History Game by Sheena at Little LDS Ideas – includes links to printable maps and question card template
Guide for Creating Questions for your Family Map Game – click to download document
National Standards for Social Studies Teachers (United States) – use these social studies standards to help you create map game questions that align with the goals of children’s classes at school.
Additional Genealogy Games
Playing the Genealogy Board Game – What Fun! (Lorine McGinnis Schulze, Olive Tree Genealogy)
I Spy With My Genealogy Eye… – Name that Ancestor (Lorine McGinnis Schulze, Olive Tree Genealogy)
Family History Bingo (Taralynn, Keep Moving Forward With Me)
More game ideas (and other fun ideas) here:
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We are thrilled to have Robin Wirthlin as our genetic genealogist. Robin has a B.S. in Molecular Biology from BYU and a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University.
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